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Friday, April 29, 2011

Trying to stay focused.

About a decade or so ago I belonged to a wargaming group that called itself, SASWG, an acronym for short attention span wargamers.  It seems we were changing projects every couple of weeks and not really getting anything done. 

Nothing has really changed except some of the faces I game with.

I've got the Vietnam bug, again, and having sold off all my 20mm stuff years ago and I am busy rebuilding those armies in 15mm.  Luckily, I am not spending any money as its stuff I bought back in 2007-2008 when the bug had bit yet again, but passed quickly.  (SASWG)  Well, there are a couple of exceptions, like some FOW stuff I got in the initial release last year...but hey, I'm only human.

I think what really got me going this time round was a good set of wargaming rules, Charlie Don't Surf, from Too Fat Lardies.  That, and I was teaching 20th century American history and got really into my Vietnam lecture.  I don't use powerpoint often, but when I figured out I could embed Barry McGuire singing Eve of Destruction into my lecture, and inflict it on my students, I was hooked.  Also, a good bottle of pinot noir and a viewing of "The Green Berets" and off I went...  Best lecture ever, by the way, I wore my jungle fatigues and went all "Gunnery Sgt. Hartman" on their asses.  Well, not quite, but it was fun.

Well, its coming along despite it being the end of the semester and me needing to grade term papers and other assorted odds and ends.  However, the 19th century is calling to me in the form of a couple of wars, and Black Powders' ancients version, Hail Caeser is sitting on my desk, whispering that I should play with my Late Imperial Romans and Goths.  (not the emo slashy kind of goths, proper Goths, like the kind who fought at Adrianople)  I think I might just be avoiding grading, after all, I'm typing this instead of looking over analytical book reviews and what not.

I'll keep you posted as to how things turn out.

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